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or dinky

[ding-kee] /ˈdɪŋ ki/
noun, plural dinkeys.
a small locomotive, especially with a switch engine.
Origin of dinkey
1840-50; noun use of dinky; see -ey2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Anyone who wanted that dinkey pewter mug could have it, as far as he cared.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • In the nature of things the tea-drinking in the stuffy "dinkey" drawing-room was not prolonged.

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
  • He turned the dinkey boat around, paddled back to Newburgh and swore out a search warrant for the Halfacre cabin.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds
  • The first long-drawn exhaust of the dinkey engine moving the slag kettle out to its spilling place ripped the silence.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
  • The parts are shown in the drawing full size, except the clamp that holds the dinkey in upright position (Fig. 15).

    Educational Toys Louis C. Petersen
  • Set it swinging and watch the bobbing performance according to dinkey fashion.

    Educational Toys Louis C. Petersen
  • Below lay the chaotic construction camp buried in silence and in darkness save for the lighted windows of the dinkey.

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
  • The shovel card is kept by the shovel runner or the fireman, and the train record is kept by the dinkey runner.

  • You remember de little old train dey used to call de 'dinkey' don't you?

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives Work Projects Administration

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